Still is better?

Was at this place for the Nth time since it opened but still managed to capture different things about the place. Had a chance to catch the vortex fountain performance which was really amazing although was splashed with water. Was taking a video but decided to take some stills and I think it’s much better.

Sometimes, it’s better to stop a while and enjoy the moment rather than just keep moving aimlessly. Just a realisation.

Amazing feat amazing costs

Managed to visit this new iconic building in Singapore that was recently opened. This building, situated next to the airport is meant to push up Tourism and get visitors as well as locals to spend. Unlike other most other countries, Singapore Changi Airport is build more to resemble a huge shopping centre than an airport. Weekends means trips to the airport with a huge space to roam about in cramped Singapore. At 1.3billion

dollars, it shows how much the airport authorities are willing to pay and how confident they are. With another terminal coming up and another dedicated mass rapid transport, things are sure to get better with years to come. Have you been there yet?

Journey to the West

Just visited this newly opened park in the west of Singapore. It is really amazing work landscape architects and landscapers have done to this place. It brings it totally new class of nature into this huge expanse. Super huge crowds as usual when something new opens in Singapore. But with the correct angle I suppose it’s possible to capture an amazing shot. 😁

2019,still feels like any other year

Every beginning of the year, everyone will make resolutions and then review them at the end of year. I tried to do this 10 years ago but I just gave up and everything seems to repeat itself. Nothing has changed much in the last 10 years. In fact, it seems like it has been getting harder to get by as each year progresses. Maybe it’s all about the economy, political unrest and natural disasters that everyone has been talking about. But I think it’s still all in the mind. If you don’t work hard then nothing will come to you. I suppose I have not worked hard enough. People also say that the kind will be rewarded. I don’t think I have done any misdeeds but I suppose that I have not been kind enough. Another year and I am still looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe I am not looking hard enough. Sigh…

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Confused and stressful week.

Went through a series of events which left me quite confused and stressed this week. Was presented with 2 business opportunities to join as partners at two different startups. Wondering if I should take it cos I’m not sure of I’m up to it and if I can handle it. Really going into the most uncomfortable zone. Decided to this weekend to ponder over it. Not sure if how other will handle this situation. Opportunities are not easy to come by startups are very challenging if you’re really just starting up. Still have not come to a concrete decision but just taking this time to chill at one of my favourite old time cafe. How’s your week been like?

Clear blue skies.

Was out for lunch on a very hot Sunday and saw this clear blue sky. Not a common sight in sunny Singapore where humidity is generally pretty high. Chases away the blues that was awaiting on Monday. Happy I got through the Monday well. Now just for the rest of the week. Have a great week everyone.

Monochrome beauty

Was at a wedding reception today. The venue was at a beautiful part of Singapore with retro shop houses lining the streets. This place is away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby financial district. Wanted to take a longer walk to take more pictures but it was getting too hot.

My first attempt at monochrome photos. Please leave comments. Thanks.

Principle of travel

One thing I have in my mind when travelling free and easy is to have one primary objective for the travel. This round the objective was to visit the Kinkakuji temple to have a look at the golden pavilion. Having one simple objective to fulfil during the trip makes me feel less stress about having to visit multiple places to make the most of the trip. This round I almost missed it because of the busy and short schedule. But I finally managed to visit the temple on the very last day of the trip. It was really a nice and tranquil place to be and there was not a giant crowd. I really wonder how will it be like to spend a day just sitting in the pavilion to find my inner peace.

Tax free shopping in Japan.

Just wanted to share something about tax free shopping in Japan from my own experience. Tax free shopping in Japan is quite hassle free and some shops have dedicated cashiers for it. Others you’ll need to claim the tax refund but from the mall itself. Overall, I didn’t have to go to any customs office at the airport to get my tax refunds.

The retailers and malls who do the refunds will do the necessary procedures and stick like loads of receipts on your passport and can make it look quite thick depending on how much you shop.

Few things to note when you buy tax free items in Japan:

1) minimum spending of ¥5000 for consumables and general goods each. Some malls offer the ability to combine receipts from different shops.

2) Goods will be sealed and can’t be used until you depart the country. There certain things which you use immediately such as electronic items.

The interesting part is that no one talks about if you have to show the goods you purchase to any customs officer when you check in for your flight back. Well, basically you can just check in the items you bought. You don’t have to bring it as carry on. After you enter the departure gate, there is a counter for customs to look at the refunds. Basically the officer didn’t bother and just asked me to deposit all the receipts in a box at the counter and off I went. That’s how simple it is.

Wrapping a wonderful trip.

Spent the last day of my Japan trip in Tokyo. Had a full day to roam around before making my way to the airport. Stopped by this amazing mall with amazing cafe. The coffee is really good. The ambience was nice as I sat down watched as the world go by in front of you. Makes me just want to sit there for as long as possible. Will try to compile the photos and put up a itinerary for a trip to Kyoto in time to come.